Fall 2016

Russian and Soviet Film

Listed in: Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-329  |  Russian, as RUSS-241

Formerly listed as: FAMS-39  |  RUSS-29


Boris Wolfson (Section 01)


(Offered as RUSS 241 and FAMS 329.)  Lenin proclaimed, famously, that cinema was "the most important art of all" for the new Soviet republic.  This course explores the dramatic rise of Russian film to state-sanctioned prominence and the complex role it came to play in modern Russia's cultural history.  We examine the radical experiments of visionary filmmakers who invented the language of film art (Bauer, Kuleshov, Eisenstein, Vertov, Dovzhenko); the self-conscious masterpieces of auteurs who probed the limits of that language (Tarkovsky, Paradzhanov, Sokurov); and the surprising ways in which films ostensibly designed to enact cultural and social myths of power, history, and national identity in the end reshaped their makers, their audiences, and the myths themselves. No familiarity with of Russian history or culture expected.

Fall semester.  Professor Wolfson.

Cost: 40.00 ?


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Writing, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2016